Long-term preservation of ischemic myocardium in the dog by hyaluronidase.
The administration of hyaluronidase is a promising intervention to protect the ischemic myocardium in man, but evidence of the extent to which it may reduce the ultimate size of an infarct is not well-defined. Hence, open chest, anesthetized dogs were randomized into 10 control dogs which received saline and eight treated dogs which received three doses of hyaluronidase (500 NF units/kg I.V.) at 15 minutes, 2 hours and 24 hours after occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery (CAO). Regional myocardial blood flow (RMBF) assessed by the microsphere technique was measured 12 minutes after CAO. The chest was then closed and the dogs were allowed to recover. Twenty-one days after CAO, the hearts were excised, divided into 1 cm thick slices and incubated in triphenyl tetrazolium chloride. Infarct size was then determined by planimetry. The left ventricular myocardium was divided into multiple samples for RMBF analysis. In control dogs 23.2 +/- 2% of the left ventricle was infarcted, compared to only 9 +/- 2.8% (P less than 0.001) in hyaluronidase-treated dogs. RMBF in noninfarcted myocardium directly adjacent to the infarct was similar to that in the normal zone remote from the infarct in the control dogs; however, in the hyaluronidase-treated dogs, blood flow in the myocardium adjacent to the infarct was significantly reduced to 68% of normal (P less than 0.01) in the outer myocardial wall and to 86% of normal (P less than 0.02) in the inner myocardial wall, which indicates that this tissue, at least in some part, was in jeopardy, but was salvaged by hyaluronidase. Epicardial electrocardiographic data showed that three weeks after CAO, Q waves were less frequent and smaller in hyaluronidase compared to untreated dogs. Preservation of the frequency and magnitude of R waves was greater in the hyaluronidase-treated group at three weeks. We conclude that hyaluronidase resulted in long-term preservation of the ischemic myocardium.
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